So, are you another shill come to prop up Samsung's image, or just another poor misguided boy with a screwed up set of values?
We do need to think about these issues more carefully, much more carefully. None of these careless, "Oh, that big mean Apple, why can't they just let everyone make iPhones," inspired attempts to pretend to rationality. No, we need to carefully think about what is it we really believe in when we defend the practice of stealing other people's work.
Yes, another thread has devolved into legalistic, hair-splitting arguments where phrases like "Community Design" and "rounded corners" are rolled around on the floor like so many marbles to trip up anyone who might actually think that Google and Samsung are thieves and have done something wrong here, by, you know, stealing the entire fucking design of iOS and the iPhone and making cheap knockoffs of them.
Because, there can be no rational argument that they aren't thieves. Don't be fooled by the, "Google bought Android before Apple announced the iPhone," argument, which is the only defense they have, Android is a cheap knockoff of iOS, nothing more. Samsung's smartphones and tablets are cheap knockoffs of the iPhone and iPad. And the reason this shouldn't surprise anyone is that all the evidence shows that this is how both companies typically operate: by stealing the work of others.
So, is it really OK to just steal someone else's work and pass it off as your own? Because, that's what Google and Samsung are doing here. Do we really want to live in a world where that is considered a good thing? Who cares what Apple's legal strategy is in putting a stop to theft. Arguing about "rounded corners" is like saying the Feds shouldn't go after mobsters for tax evasion. What's the important thing here, that we stop criminal behavior, or that we convict only for murder?
You clearly aren't reading the comments, and your emotional irrationalism is getting the better of you. No, I don't have a horse in the race you obsess over. Even if we were to presume I'm some kind of shill, what do I have to gain by winning over supporters unless I'm starting a Samsung cult?
Look at the rulings by courts all around the world. Even the judges in Spain that initially granted Apple an injunction that was eventually lifted after Samsung made revisions to its tablets were being perspicuous about their level of discretion. They are probably well aware that vague and far-reaching design patents are just flat out impractical if not unrealistically difficult to enforce. You really should try doing some more research and reading some of the other arguments presented.
Oh, and it's a bit asinine to label anyone who discusses patent law issues as being "legalistic." You're just oversimplifying the issues and thus displaying an inability to grasp them. This isn't an issue of "stolen designs." Again, courts all around the world are refusing to grant permanent injunctions for refinements and variations. Smartphones and tablets have been around for a while. The LG Prada interestingly enough was one of the first smartphone around with the shape and design that's quite common today before Apple's iPhone first generation came out. But LG chose not to sue Apple (Google it) since their in-house counsel PROBABLY advised them not to pursue a suit. They were probably right in giving such advice.
Again, think about what you're arguing a little more carefully. It's either the cases all the judges who ruled against Apple are wrong, or at least some (or perhaps all?) of them are in the right.